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Jack Hill Coburn
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Birth: Oct. 31, 1920
Cache County
Utah, USA
Death: Nov. 12, 2004
Davis County
Utah, USA

Jack Hill Coburn, 84, was "taken home to that God who gave him life" on Nov. 12, 2004.

Jack was born in Wellsville, Utah, on Oct. 30, 1920, to Fred Leatham and Celia Poppleton Hill Coburn, he was the fourth son and the fifth of nine children. Shortly after he was born, the family moved to a farm two miles north of Smithfield, and it was here Jack grew up. Jack attended Smithfield Elementary and North Cache High School. During his high school years, the family bought a farm in Oxford, Idaho and Jack graduated from Downey High School.

Jack served his first LDS mission to the Southern States Mission. Upon completion of his missionary service, Jack was drafted into the Navy toward the end of World War II. He served on an LCI as a quartermaster third class in the Pacific Theater.

Upon returning to Oxford, he met his sweet, eternal companion, Lenora Hatch, and they were married on Dec. 19, 1947, in the Logan LDS Temple. They made their first home in Oxford, where he farmed and they ran a small store. In the early 1950s, Jack was called to be the bishop of the Oxford Ward. Some thought he was a little young to be the bishop, but his enthusiasm, especially for missionary work, inspired the young men in Oxford and many served missions - there were 12 missionaries serving at one time while he was bishop.

Statistics indicate that Jack and Lenora had no children, but that is wrong. Through tragedies in others lives, they helped to form the character of six children. In July of 1953, Jack's brother's wife died. At this time, they moved to the Jerome, Idaho, area and took care of Jack's brother's three small children, Faye, Peggy and Denny, and loved and raised them as their own. They moved the children to Aberdeen, Idaho, where they bought a 600-acre farm. Jack worked the farm and battled rabbits while working at the cheese plant to support the family. Years later, they took in three of Faye's children, Tina, Eddie and Michael, and got them started to school while their mother was recovering from an illness.

In 1960, Jack and Lenora moved to Clarkston, Utah, to take care of Lenora's mother and Jack worked at Thiokol. They moved to Smithfield in 1962, where they bought a dairy and farm where they lived until they retired and moved to "the Island" in Logan. Jack also worked as a mail carrier for many years in Smithfield to help support the farm.

In April 1980 Jack and Lenora were called to be workers in the Logan LDS Temple. In 1989, he was called on his second mission with his wife to Mexico City where they worked in the Temple. Upon returning home, they again worked in the Logan Temple and were instrumental in bringing about Spanish speaking sessions there. Jack and Lenora loved the Spanish-speaking people and enjoyed many years with the Spanish branch.

Jack was a hard worker and he enjoyed whatever work he was doing. He served many positions in the church and was esteemed a great teacher of gospel doctrine. He loved horses, hiking and being outdoors.

Lenora passed away on Feb. 22, 2000. Jack then married the lovely Clea Merrill, whom he had known since the first grade. She also worked at the Logan Temple. Jack and Clea shared their vows for time in the Logan Temple on July 28, 2000. Their companionship was wonderfully woven with the love of the gospel, family and friends. Jack and Clea loved to share good literature together. They traveled to Alaska and Mexico. They made their home in Smithfield and spent the last two winters in Quartzite, Arizona.

Jack is survived by his wife, Clea M. Coburn of Clinton, Utah; three sisters, Lucille Gyllenskog of Nyssa, Ore., Colleen Sorenson of Rigby, Idaho, and Marie Blauer of Brigham City, Utah; two brothers, Seth Coburn of Oxford Idaho, and Melvin Coburn of Deweyville, Utah; two step-daughters, Dallis Brown of Clearfield, Utah and Karren Olson of Washington; and many step-grandchildren, among whom was Terri Cronquist, who he was especially close to.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents; his wife Lenora; and three brothers, Fred "Louis" Coburn, William Leon "Lee" Coburn and Carl Coburn.

Now is the winter of my discontent made glorious spring. The righteous strength we felt here will now be a light unto many in the spirit world. We love you and let you go now to bless the lives of others whom we cannot see.

Funeral services will be held at noon, Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2004, in the Smithfield 1st/2nd Ward chapel, 175 S. 100 West, with Bishop Steven Jenson conducting. Friends may call at Nelson Funeral Home, 85 S. Main, Smithfield, Utah, from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday evening and from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the church. Burial will be in the Smithfield City Cemetery with military rites by the Smithfield American Legion. Condolences may be sent to the family online at

Lycille Coburn Gyllenskog
Marie Coburn Blauser

Carl Hill Coburn
Fred "Louis" Coburn
William "Leon" Coburn
Family links: 
  Fred Leatham Coburn (1892 - 1976)
  Celia Poppleton Hill Coburn (1895 - 1963)
  Lenora Hatch Coburn (1918 - 2000)
  Louis Fred Coburn (1913 - 1977)*
  William Leon Coburn (1915 - 1999)*
  Lucille Hill Coburn Gyllenskog (1917 - 2009)*
  Carl Hill Coburn (1918 - 2000)*
  Jack Hill Coburn (1920 - 2004)
  Seth Hill Coburn (1925 - 2016)*
  Marie Coburn Blauer (1935 - 2012)*
*Calculated relationship
Smithfield City Cemetery
Cache County
Utah, USA
Created by: Sheryl
Record added: Mar 26, 2010
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Jack Hill Coburn
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Thank you for your service. May you rest in peace.
- wings214
 Added: Apr. 13, 2014

- Julie Gyll...Kin...Doy
 Added: Jul. 30, 2013
Rest in Peace Uncle Jack.
- Sheryl Coburn Rose
 Added: Jan. 11, 2011
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